September 30, 2008

The Power of Green Tea

Green tea has long been known as a powerful antioxidant when consumed as a tea or supplement but many new studies indicate that green tea offers numerous beauty benefits when used in skin cream.  The active ingredients in green tea skin care are flavanols, polyphenols, and epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short).  EGCG is a potent antioxidant - between 20 - 100 times more powerful than vitamin C and A.

Green tea extract, which you can find in revolutionary new products like belisiRX, fights free radicals - those rogue molecules that cause aging, tissue damage, and possibly even disease.

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June 21, 2008

Under-eye Circles: What causes them and how to treat them

Ah, the joys of being a woman. We get to unabashedly spoil ourselves with spa treatments and beauty products delicious enough to eat. While men tend not to go to such lengths, they don’t have to. That’s right — they get to grow old gracefully with that thick skin of theirs and plentiful collagen reserves. And nobody lets us forget it.

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April 30, 2008

Egg on your face

The idea of adding to my beauty arsenal sort of terrifies me. For starters, I like to think my current products are working for me. Secondly, which product do I trade in? Which products can I use together? And then I think about all the different kinds of products on the market that all claim to do pretty much the same thing: brighten, tighten, lift, glow, erase wrinkles, age spots, and undereye circles and pay your taxes. Okay, not the last part.

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April 16, 2008

Retinol: The Myths and Truths

300 Admit it or not but we’re all secretly hoping for a magic potion to keep Father Time at bay. While I won’t give up hope, I realize there really isn’t a fountain of youth. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit back and age “gracefully”.

Retinol has been around for a while—available originally through dermatogolists to treat hyperpigmentation, photodamage, and pore size.  Today, many products include retinol. Great, right? Saves a trip to the dermatologist. Unfortunatley, not all Retinol products are created equally. 

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Part III

092107_alba_200x400 So now you know how to clear up the occasional bout of adult acne, prevent fine lines and wrinkles (or at least try), and use makeup to hide imperfections (see Celebrity Beauty Secrets Part I and II). Now what about the rest of you? With warm weather knocking at our formerly frost-bitten doors, a girl has got to look golden. Say goodbye to pasty skin, lifeless hair and those extra winter pounds with these celebrity beauty secrets.

The Perfect Tan

So what do Jessica Alba, Britney Spears, Paris and Nikki Hilton, and Nicole Richie have in common? Yes they’re all famous and they’re never seen without a perfect tan (hey, you still should look good in your mug shot or psych ward intake photo right?)

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April 01, 2008

Celebrity Beauty Secrets Part II

Celebrities know all the great beauty tricks for looking younger and hiding flaws. Now you can too.

Younger looking skin

In Hollywood skin regimens, it’s all about prevention. But let’s face it, sometimes Nature has its way with our skin before we realize what’s happening. Stars like Felicity Huffman rely on super serums like Leaf & Rusher Active Serum to stave off the signs of aging. In this heavy-duty beauty product Retinol and vitamin C join forces to battle fine lines and wrinkles and boost collagen production. 

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March 29, 2008

Turn on the Light … Therapy

At-home LED machines turn back the clock

Without light we’d all be hollowed out—not to mention pasty—versions of ourselves. Plants wouldn’t grow and the earth would be blanketed in depressing darkness. But unlike those nasty tanning beds, a new kind of light is good for our skin, as much as our psyches. LEDs (light emitting diodes) have been available in dermatologist and cosmetic surgery offices for some time but treatments aren’t cheap and the progress is slow.

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March 27, 2008

Blue and purple mascara make a comeback

Blue Crush

Hold on to your leg warmers and crank up the George Michael, vibrant blues and purples are making their way into a mascara tube near you. This spring is all about bold colors for blouses, dresses, trench coats, shoes, handbags and makeup. While playful and daring, turning up the color volume can lead some gals down the wrong path. Fortunately, these colorful tubes go for the subtle factor.

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March 17, 2008

Celebrity Beauty Secrets Part I

Sure, it’s their job to look good and they have plenty of help achieving their beauty goals but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t look as good as our favorite celebrities.

One tip celebrities learn early on is that beauty is achieved from the inside out and prevention is key. Going under the knife these days draws as much scrutiny as a bad beach photo showing dimpled thighs and belly fat.

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January 27, 2008

Pedicure in the winter?

CoconutCoconut2Don't you just hate it when you smudge a perfectly good pedicure? Living in Minneapolis (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment) getting a pedicure presents some interesting challenges. Either I take my chances with donning my socks and boots after I get my nails painted or brave the arctic air and ice in my summer flip flops. Well, not any more!

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